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Toronto: Recession Art Show – The Artists Flea Market

ARTISTS’ FLEA MARKET
Saturday, January 17th and Saturday, January 24th, 10 am – 6 pm.
Board of Directors, Toronto


A ‘real’ flea market in Amsterdam. Image: z.about.com

At a time when everyone – surely – is tiring of the never ending art fairs popping up around the globe, and there is an excess of mediocre contemporary art being produced, it seems the timing is right for galleries to address the situation – and what more perfect way than with a flea market?

This community-based project will involve 10 ‘vendors’ at a time will set up selling art, collectibles, craft, second-hand goods and food items.

Just like a real flea market, you never know what you might find.

Incidentally, “In Relational Art, the audience is envisaged as a community. Rather than the artwork being an encounter between a viewer and an object, relational art produces intersubjective encounters. Through these encounters, meaning is elaborated collectively, rather than in the space of individual consumption.”

More on the concept of Relational Aesthetics HERE.

It reminds us of Martha Rosler’s fantastic piece, Garage Sale, which was staged in 1973, and which we saw at its re-installation at the ICA London in 2005.


Martha Rosler’s London Garage Sale, 2005. Image: londontown.com

VENDORS FOR SATURDAY JANUARY 17th ARTISTS FLEA MARKET:

1. MEGAN WHITEN: Art

2. KATHARINE MULHERIN: Art, books, toys, furnishings, flowers…

3. JONNY PETERSON: Books, drawings, wood carvings

4. ROMAS ASTRAUKAS: Sculpture

5. JOHANNA REYNOLDS + SUTTON EAVES: Jewellery, second hand goods, body butter

6. KAREN FRIIS: Hand made neck ruffle accessories

7. SETH SCRIVER: Miniature cell phones, zines, comics, a beautiful overhead projector from the 50’s

8. CASSANDRA HUNTER: Paintings

9. NEAL KUELLMER: Borosilicate hand blown glass, oil lamps, earring, pendants, beads, necklaces, incense holders

10. HEATHER GOODCHILD: Baked goods

VENDORS FOR SATURDAY JANUARY 24TH ( thus far):

1. JEREMY STEWART

2. ROSS STUART: Maple wood carvings, metal-bodied reso-phonic ukeleles

3. JAMES WILLIAM: Paintings, art books, inkjet printer, homemade fridge magnets

4. CALANTHA MAK: Pottery, photographs

5. HOLLIE DZAMA + DRUE LANGLOIS: Dolls, jewellery, drawings

6. FELISA SHIZGAL: Art, books, toys, furnishings…

7. KATHARINE MULHERIN

8. NEAL KUELLMER

9. KAREN FRIIS

10: LAURA McCOY: Zines, oversized buttons to cover half your torso, colourful teeth masks, figurines

For more information, please click HERE.

4 Responses to “Toronto: Recession Art Show – The Artists Flea Market”

  1. This was so much fun, and we had a pretty good turnout for a freezing Saturday after a blackout. We’re extending the flea market for 2 more weekends.

  2. Windahl says:

    Great idea – how about also putting it online and syncing in Paypal as well? I am in the UK and I shop locally in person especially for local produce. However when purchasing items such as art or handmade goods I shop globaly. A world without borders.

  3. Sheila Robertson says:

    Are you having another one of these Artist flea markets?

  4. Andrea says:

    Hi Sheila,

    You’d have to ask Katherine Mulherin directly! She put on the first one – you can contact her at http://www.katharinemulherin.com/contact.asp

    Best,

    AC

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